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No. 14 Harvard 68, No. 3 New Mexico 62.

It’s about time.

No, not the Crimson’s first-ever NCAA tournament win, but this:



A horse is a horse, of course, unless it happens to be Rick Pitino’s horse, of course.

In that case, it’s a potential gold mine.

Pitino is a master at recruiting kids and coaching `em up. Everyone already knows that. He’s on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, and Pitino reminded us why one more time Thursday, when Louisville opened the tournament with a very workmanlike 79-48 thrashing of tiny North Carolina A&T. Just like the sensei, his young charges showed none of the nerves that often accompany being tagged as the No. 1 seed overall.

What you might not know is the man also happens to be a pretty good judge of horseflesh (and occasionally names some of it after one of his players).

Goldencents, Pitino’s 3-year-old thoroughbred, recently won the Sham Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race, and is pointed squarely down the road toward this year’s Run for the Roses. What a double that would be. And here’s a look that Pitino could pull off in either arena:

But let’s not get one foot too far out in front of the other.

First up on Pitino’s dance card is the tournament, and so it was probably a good thing he wasn’t around the barns when a reporter from NBC 4 in L.A. showed up earlier this week and asked his colt to fill out a bracket.

There’s an ad on the front end of this video clip, and lots of TV happy talk right after, but if you start at the 1:50 mark and watch for a minute or so _ it’s not half-bad _ you’ll get it straight from the horse’s mouth here:

If you can’t spare the time, here’s the money quote: Louisville wins it going away.

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